Philosophy

The Best Agent of Krishna
Smita Krishna Dasa - 16.11 2018   The energy of the living entities is technically called kshetragna energy. This kshetragna-shakti, although equal in quality with the Lord, becomes overpowered by material energy out of ignorance and thus suffers all sorts of material miseries. In...Read more...
Cult Mentality & Religious Fanaticism
Q&A with Jagad Guru Siddhaswarupananda - 16.11 2018 Is there such a thing as religious fanaticism? We always hear people talking about “religious fanaticism.” The two terms contradict. Analyze the two terms - fanaticism and religion. What’s the central characteristic of...Read more...
THE DHARMA SASTRAS
By editor - 14.11 2018 The Dharma Sastras are texts in Hinduism that are concerned with the legal precedent or law that is in relation to dharma (Rodrigues, 535). Dharma as it relates to the Dharma Sastra’s acts as a guide to what a Hindu must do in their life to...Read more...
THE LAWS OF MANU
By editor - 14.11 2018 Also known as the Manu Samhita, Manu Smrti, or Manava Dharma Shastra, The Laws of Manu form the basis of what has been called “the most authoritative and influential text of ancient Indian laws” (Bhatia & Sharma 363). The...Read more...
JATI (BIRTH GROUP OR CASTE IN HINDUISM)
By editor - 14.11 2018 Jati, meaning “birth-group”, is a system in which Hindus are categorized. Caste is another name for the over two thousand Jati groups that exist. These groups are usually based upon occupation, although they can also be categorized in different ways, such...Read more...
THE KSATRIYA VARNA
By editor - 13.11 2018 Varna is the Vedic conceptual framework that views society as the sum of four classes; priests (brahmanas), soldiers (ksatriyas), merchants (vaisyas), and the labourers (sudra). However, this is a very simple generalization of the four classes, as each has differing...Read more...
CELIBACY (BRAHMACARYA)
By editor - 13.11 2018 In classical Hinduism, the origins of ascetic practices such as celibacy are highly debated. Chastity is defined as the abstinence of all sexual intercourse and celibacy was used to describe the single relationship status of an individual, but now more recent...Read more...
Is Duty a Four-letter Word?
By Satyaraja Dasa - 13.11 2018   The ideas of the Western philosopher Kant come close to the concept of dharma. For some, duty is a dirty word—we want to do what we want to do. Period. To hell with duty. But let’s consider this more seriously: What is duty, and should I...Read more...
Resolved to Live The Life of The Soul
By Visakha Devi Dasi - 13.11 2018 The desire to be soul-conscious inspires a move to a soul-compatible place. “The soul [jivatma] is unborn, eternal, immortal, and primeval. It does not die when the body dies.” (Bhagavad-gita 2.20) I first heard details about jivatmathe...Read more...
REINCARNATION AND KARMA
By editor - 12.11 2018 The belief in rebirth and various realms is a common ideology in Hinduism. According to Hinduism a soul is reincarnated again and again, undergoing many experiences, until it achieves perfection and unites as one with the divine. This idea of rebirth is referred to as...Read more...
Queen Rukmini’s Pure Devotion to Lord Krishna
By Nandini Radha devi dasi - 9.11 2018 From Caitanya Mangala by Locana Das Thakur (Chapter 2) Narada Muni Visits Dvaraka Murari Gupta continued, “Thus the great sage Narada, seeing the miserable condition of the people in Kali-yuga, thought deeply about their deliverance. Knowing...Read more...
Divorce: a compilation of references
By editor - 8.11 2018 Vedic society recognizes eight traditional types of marriage - brahma, daiva, arsha, prajapatya, asura, gandharva, rakshasa, paishaca (Manu-samhita 3.20-44) - first four auspicious and second four inauspicious. Marriage in Kali-yuga is mainly by personal selection (...Read more...
CREATION IN THE MARKANDEYA PURANA
By editor - 8.11 2018 The Brahmanical tradition encompasses a vast body of literature commonly referred to as the Puranas (Pintchman 261). The Puranas are categorized as smrti (i.e., literature that has been passed on by human beings to the next generation through oral tradition), but often...Read more...
THE CONCEPT OF SAMSARA
By editor - 6.11 2018 Samsara is a Sanskrit word meaning “to wander” or “to flow through,” and is recognized within the Hindu religion as the continuous cycle of death and rebirth. Samsara is the result of one’s karmic actions and thoughts throughout...Read more...
AVIDYA (IGNORANCE)
By editor - 6.11 2018 Avidya is a Sanskrit word most commonly defined as ignorance. This can be misleading if we think of ignorance as a lack of knowledge. Avidya is not simply a lack of knowledge; it is a lack of  what Hindu philosophers sometimes refer to as true...Read more...
SACRED SOUND
By editor - 1.11 2018 The concept of sacred sound, where the spoken word has an intrinsic connection with the transcendent or the divine is not unique to Hinduism; however, within its various theologies and philosophies one will find a very robust discourse on how sound – in its many...Read more...
The Roots of False Renunciation
BY: ROCANA DASA - 30.10 2018  Reprisal of an article series from 2011 on the long-reaching effects of the Zonal Acarya System. Of late, we have been discussing here in the Sun the topic of sannyasa within ISKCON. The sannyasis have essentially abandoned the principle that in the...Read more...
Knowledge is Revealed by Bhakti
BY: CAITANYA DAS - 30.10 2018 Theological teachings tell us those who have practiced spiritual life previously automatically take up where they finished from. To consider that everything about theology applies in a one-size-fits-all fashion is an immature understanding. Take for instance...Read more...
MANTRA AND THE THEOLOGY OF SOUND
By editor - 29.10 2018   Mantras are a complex feature of the Hindu tradition that people sometimes do not understand all that well.  Different mantras are used for different things.  “For India, Mantras are real, palpable, mental artifacts to be revered and mastered,...Read more...
SURRENDER – A HAPPY EXPERIENCE
By Venugopal Acharya - 23.10 2018 “Surrender is like a fish finding the current and going with it.” – Mark Nepo (poet, philosopher and spiritualist, and author of the best-seller, ‘The Book of Awakening’) ‘Surrender’ usually evokes fear and anger. We...Read more...
Mantras in vedic tradition
By editor - 23.10 2018 Mantras are a complex feature of the vedic tradition that people sometimes do not understand all that well.  Different mantras are used for different things.  “For India, Mantras are real, palpable, mental artifacts to be revered and mastered, to...Read more...
NIRGUNA AND SAGUNA BRAHMAN
By editor - 23.10 2018 The concept of Absolute Reality, or Brahman, is a central concept in Hinduism. The idea of Brahman is that once an individual understands Brahman, they will be considered a Self-realized being, or “liberated while alive” (Rodrigues 96). Most Hindu’s...Read more...
SOMA: MYSTERIOUS VEDIC PLANT AND DEITY
By editor - 17.10 2018 In the realm of Hinduism, Soma can be recognized as, and is considered to be, a god (deva), a magical and hallucinogenic plant, and the juice of that plant. Soma is extraordinary in that it is recognized as one of only a few plants humans have ever deified (see Wasson...Read more...
The Time of Death
By Damodara Dasa - 17.10 2018 From Back to Godhead I offer my most respectful obeisances unto His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada, my spiritual master and the spiritual master of the universe, from whose lotus lips has sprung the eternal message of the Vedas in the purest...Read more...
Renunciation In Royal Dress
By Bhurijana Dasa - 17.10 2018 From Back to Godhead Duty calls a prince to leave his spiritual practices in the mountains and set an example of real renunciation as a king. Perhaps you’ve heard a tale of some wealthy person who renounced this world for the service of God. The...Read more...
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